Solving the *tex error “I can’t find file `pgflibrarytikzpositioning.code.tex”

Basically it means your PGF installation is waaay old. Like from 2007 if you run Ubuntu 8.04 as I happen to. If you want to find out what your version is compile this short tex file:


(found in’t-find-file-`pgflibrarytikzpositioning.code.tex’-td20634766.html)

After that grab a fresh copy from As root remove (or back up somewhere else) /usr/share/texmf/tex/context/pgf , /usr/share/texmf/tex/generic/pgf , /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/pgf and /usr/share/texmf/tex/plain/pgf. Extract the new pgf and copy the corresponding folders to the same places, run (as root) mktexlsr and you are done.

8 comments on “Solving the *tex error “I can’t find file `pgflibrarytikzpositioning.code.tex”

  1. ajayram198 says:

    Hello , I have a Fedora 14 installation and was facing the same problem. I had seen the tag “It works in Debian” , but still I tried your procedure. But it did not work, I am still getting the same error. Do you know how to resolve this problem for Fedora 14 distribution ?

  2. Michele says:

    The same solution works just as well in FC14 (just tried)

  3. Hi Michele, I’m glad it worked for you too.

  4. Michele says:

    Hi Adrian, sorry I forgot to thank you … never too late: thanx!

  5. EDjojo says:

    works for Red hat 6 (professional)

  6. Samad Khan says:

    I had to run the command texhash in terminal after which it ran perfectly. Thank!

  7. Cool, I’m glad it worked for you too.

  8. Amit Rahat says:

    Thank you, you saved my day!

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